4Culture News

Restoration of Brightwater Artwork in 2022

Andrea Wilbur-Sigo. Grandfather’s Wisdom, 2012/2022. Carved and painted cedar. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

Continuing her work to restore Grandfather’s Wisdom, the large-scale sculptural installation at Brightwater Treatment Plant near Woodinville, artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo recently welcomed the Longhouse back to her studio. In 2020 the artist recreated the project’s paddles in red cedar. Now focusing her attention on the surface and longevity of the longhouse, Wilbur-Sigo will be both re-carving and re-painting as needed. The new longhouse is expected to return to the site in late 2022.

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New Year, New TAR Artists!

4Culture is happy to introduce great King County talent joining the Touring Arts Roster in 2022. After a live audition at Carco Theatre, nine new performing artists were juried into our lineup by a peer panel composed of presenters and local arts agency administrators. Spend some time visiting their profile pages and keep them in mind when planning your upcoming events!

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Guest Post: How a 4Culture Grant Turned Me into a Teacher

Josh Tuininga is an author, artist, and designer based in North Bend, Washington and is a recipient of our 2020 Heritage Grant and Art Projects grants. His latest project is a historical graphic novel set in the multicultural Seattle Central District of the 1940s which explores the unique situation of Japanese and Jewish Americans living side by side during World War II. The project has been picked up by Abrams Comic Arts and will be released in Spring of 2023.

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Guest Post: Exhibit Reimagined 20 Years Later

In this joint post, curators Maggie Kase at the Log House Museum and Heidi Bohan from the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center share the history behind the new exhibit The Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story, which was supported by 4Culture grants:

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After 30 Years, Silhouettes and Cutups Finds a New Home

Cris Bruch. Silhouettes and Cutups (detail), 1989. Corten steel. Vashon, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

King County Metro’s Northgate Transit Center opened to the public on June 6, 1992. Artist Cris Bruch was a member of the original design team. He worked closely with architects Zimmer Gunsul Frasca of Portland and Barbara Oakrock of Seattle to influence the overall look and feel of the site. In addition, he created fifteen free-standing Corten steel sculptures for the urban landscape – eight larger animal silhouettes and seven smaller animal cutouts. These Silhouettes and Cutups represent his first-ever public commission.

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Guest Post: Summer of Virtual Internships

To offer a capacity-building and professional development opportunity during the pandemic, our Heritage department implemented the King County Heritage Virtual Internship Program as a 3-month virtual program. Three host organizations were selected through a competitive panel process in early 2021: StoryBoards in Sammamish, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle, and the Kenmore Heritage Society. Interns have been working on their projects since June; as they near the end of the program, we asked them to share what their experience has been like this summer.

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Meet the 2021 Arc Artist Fellows

Our Arc Artist Fellowship provides critical—but rare—unrestricted funding to a new and unique cohort of King County artists every year. The six 2021 Fellows are all between the ages of 18 and 25 and are creating art that challenges structures of power in the global fight for social justice. Here’s your chance to meet this incredible group! Join us for a two-part virtual showcase to hear from each artist about their work:

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Sustained Support Program Update

For those of you who are current Sustained Support recipients or interested in applying to 4Culture’s Sustained Support program for funding in 2022, we want to let you know of some significant, temporary changes to the program. We historically have been, and will continue to be, deeply committed to supporting the cultural sector with operating funds. With this year’s significant reduction of the lodging taxes that make 4Culture’s grant programs possible and the approval of the American Rescue Plan Act, operating support will look different in 2021 for funding in 2022.

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Congratulations, 2021 Projects Grant Awardees!

Monique Franklin will  use 4Culture Project grant funds to relaunch her preschool arts program Inspired Child Virtuoso Artist Labs, producing free virtual classes. Photo courtesy of Monique Franklin, 2021.

Doing cultural work amidst a global pandemic is no easy feat. King County creatives of all disciplines have faced closures, loss of work, and uncertainty—and we at 4Culture are navigating COVID-19-related financial challenges as well. Throughout it all the cultural sector’s creativity shines through undiminished, and that’s especially evident in our 2021 Projects grant awardees!

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